Change: UN ARMS TRADE TREATY and I AIN’T A GONNA STUDY WAR NO MORE!
Tell me and I’ll forget
Show me and I may not remember
Involve me and I’ll understand
On April 2, 2013 there were loud cheers in the UN assembly chamber and delegates of some African Nations openly wept. The United Nations had adopted a treaty that will prohibit countries from transferring weapons to other countries when they know those weapons will be used to facilitate genocide or crimes against humanity.
”The world has been waiting a long time for this historic treaty.. After long years of campaigning, most states have agreed to adopt a global treaty that can prevent the flow of arms into countries where they will be used to commit atrocities” said Brian Wood, Amnesty International ‘s Head of Arms control and Human Rights.
“This shows that when members of the public come up with a really good idea that will help make the world better and get organized, they can really make difference on a global scale.”
More than a thousand useless words is one single word of peace. UPANISHADS
The arms trade treaty was adopted after 6 years of UN deliberations. 155 nations voted yes, 22 abstained, and 3 nations voted no including Syria, North Korea, and Iran.
The United States national Rifle Association actively lobbied against the treaty.
Global arms trade in conventional weapons is estimated to be 60 to 70 Billion dollars annually. This includes tanks, combat vehicles, artillery, aircraft and helicopters, warships, missiles and launchers, and small arms and light weapons.
United States exports more arms than any other nation in the world.
U.S.A. president Dwight D. Eisenhower cautioned citizens during his farewell address in 1961 . . .
“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes.”
Widney Brown, senior Director of International Law at Amnesty International, said “when you think of the huge economic interest and the political power in play for the big arms producers and exporters, this treaty is a tribute to both civil society who championed the idea to save lives and reduce human suffering as well as the governments who heeded that call.”
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“The day will come when the people will make so insistent their demand that there be peace in the world that the Governments will get out of the way and let them have peace.” DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER, 1959
I ain’t a gonna study war no more – no more – no more . . .